Need help with DAC's


Standard Member
Hi guys,

Im toying with the idea of getting a DAC for my system. At the moment I use the Pure I20 ipod dock to connect to my amplifier and this has an inbuilt DAC. Im wondering whether upgrading to an outboard DAC such a V DAC would make a discernable difference? I've read conflicting things with some people stating there is a noticeable difference and some saying not.

Any thoughts would be appreciated with any recomendations on decent DAC's below £200.



Active Member
Can the Pure unit actually take a digital output from an Iwhatever?
I got the impression that very few units can do this, the exception being the Wadia and Onkyo docks.
If your Pure can't, then it's pointless even considering an external DAC.


Well-known Member
not sure if this is the best place to ask about dacs, but I think to get a useful answer will depend on people knowing about the rest of your kit eg quality of amp and speakers. Eg a speaker upgrade may offer a better upgrade for your money than a new dac where differences can be marginal. Or your amp may have a half decent dac anyway.

PS is all your music ripped lossless?


Standard Member
Hey Jaunty thanks for the reply.

Yeh I did see that review however I have also read things from other I20 users saying they couldnt notice much difference when using an external DAC.....

My system is Pure i20 - Marantz Pm6004 amp - Monitor audio bx2 - Bk xxls 400 I've only recently bought this so can't really warrant upgrading already.

I suppose the only way to know is to try a DAC before buying.....

i suspect i wont notice much difference tbh but im itching to buy one for some reason.

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